Wharton Center http://wkar.org en 'Moth' brings true storytelling to Wharton http://wkar.org/post/moth-brings-true-storytelling-wharton <p></p><p></p><p>A group of outstanding storytellers will be in East Lansing for a show at Michigan State University’s <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/the-moth" target="_blank">Wharton Center</a> Wednesday night. "<a href="http://themoth.org/" target="_blank">The Moth Mainstage</a>" brings a live performance of <em>The Moth Radio Hour</em> program to audiences all over the country. Tue, 27 May 2014 17:17:33 +0000 Scott Pohl 54292 at http://wkar.org 'Moth' brings true storytelling to Wharton Sedaris, Glass highlight new Wharton season http://wkar.org/post/sedaris-glass-highlight-new-wharton-season <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">MSU’s <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center </a>announced part of their schedule for the 2013-14 season two weeks ago. Now, the rest of the schedule is out, and <em>Current State</em>’s Scott Pohl is back with more on the shows coming to Wharton. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:59:25 +0000 Scott Pohl 52750 at http://wkar.org Sedaris, Glass highlight new Wharton season 'Once,' 'Kinky Boots' highlight Wharton's upcoming Broadway lineup http://wkar.org/post/once-kinky-boots-highlight-whartons-upcoming-broadway-lineup <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">For many years, the <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center for Performing Arts</a> at MSU has announced its schedule for the coming year with a big story in the Sunday paper. Patrons are especially anxious to know what shows will be in East Lansing next year, and today, <em>Current State</em>’s Scott Pohl has the scoop on</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> the first of two Wharton Center previews. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:30:59 +0000 Scott Pohl 52045 at http://wkar.org 'Once,' 'Kinky Boots' highlight Wharton's upcoming Broadway lineup MSU brings cathartic stories of failure to Wharton http://wkar.org/post/msu-brings-cathartic-stories-failure-wharton <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State’s</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Emanuele<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Berry introduced listeners to </span><a href="http://failure-lab.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Failure:Lab</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The event asks presenters to share a story of failure with the world.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:53:35 +0000 Emanuele Berry 51458 at http://wkar.org MSU brings cathartic stories of failure to Wharton LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein http://wkar.org/post/lso-feature-american-composers-copland-bernstein <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-07c86593-08e0-1e6b-bcd2-6f2e31f8710e" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/">Lansing Symphony Orchestra</a>’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. It features music from American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:11:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51353 at http://wkar.org LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters http://wkar.org/post/porgy-and-bess-leads-playing-iconic-characters <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Tony Award for best Broadway musical revival in 2012 went to “<a href="http://porgyandbessthemusical.com/">The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess</a>”. The company touring the country with “Porgy and Bess” is in East Lansing this week for eight performances at MSU’s <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center</a>.</span> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:36:41 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 50892 at http://wkar.org Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers http://wkar.org/post/st-petersburg-philharmonic-feature-fiery-russian-composers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>From the icy depths of mother Russia, the <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/st-petersburg-philharmonic-orchestra">St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra</a> comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vildefrang.com/">Vilde&nbsp;Frang</a>&nbsp;will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:28:24 +0000 Current State 49811 at http://wkar.org St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions http://wkar.org/post/israeli-musician-fuses-jazz-middle-eastern-traditions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jazz bassist and composer </span><a href="http://omeravital.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Omer Avital</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be at Wharton Center’s </span>Pasant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Theater with his band on Feb. 12. </span>Avital’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:45:29 +0000 Current State 49158 at http://wkar.org Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions Comedian Mike Birbiglia 'thanks God for jokes' at Wharton http://wkar.org/post/comedian-mike-birbiglia-thanks-god-jokes-wharton <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">Comedian <a href="http://birbigs.com/" target="_blank">Mike Birbiglia</a> returns to Wharton Center on Jan. 16. He’s known for his work on “<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/" target="_blank">This American Life</a>,” his movie, called “Sleepwalk With Me,” and many more comedy records and appearances. His latest show is called “Thank God For Jokes.” </span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:00:45 +0000 Current State 47948 at http://wkar.org Comedian Mike Birbiglia 'thanks God for jokes' at Wharton One-woman play tackles bullying http://wkar.org/post/one-woman-play-tackles-bullying <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-410b159a-5739-7080-5706-094e27470027"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Friday night at the <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center</a>, a one-woman show examines aspects of bullying and teenage relationships. “<a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/the-shape-of-a-girl">The Shape of a Girl</a>” is a play by Joan MacLeod. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:03:57 +0000 Current State 45289 at http://wkar.org One-woman play tackles bullying MSU Symphony opens season with challenging works http://wkar.org/post/msu-symphony-opens-season-challenging-works <p>The first <span id="docs-internal-guid-3a6a829f-5ad2-2ace-5a6b-1961f2044116" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://orch.music.msu.edu/symphony-orchestra/index.html">MSU Symphony Orchestra</a></span> concert of the season is <a href="http://music.msu.edu/event-listing/friday-9-27-800pm-symphony-orchestra">Friday</a> night at <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center</a>. Featured works include Lutoslawski&rsquo;s Concerto for Orchestra and a clarinet concerto by John Corigliano. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:21:00 +0000 Current State 42906 at http://wkar.org MSU Symphony opens season with challenging works Highlights of new Wharton Center season include 'Book of Mormon' http://wkar.org/post/highlights-new-wharton-center-season-include-book-mormon <p>September brings the start of the season for many activities on the MSU campus, including events at the <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center for Performing Arts</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf checks in with Wharton executive director Mike Brand for a preview of the 2013-14 lineup.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:36:40 +0000 Current State 41770 at http://wkar.org Highlights of new Wharton Center season include 'Book of Mormon' Garrison Keillor and company bring 'Radio Romance' to Wharton Center http://wkar.org/post/garrison-keillor-and-company-bring-radio-romance-wharton-center <p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:13:54 +0000 Current State 39981 at http://wkar.org Garrison Keillor and company bring 'Radio Romance' to Wharton Center 'Mythbusters' comes to the Wharton Center stage (sans explosions) http://wkar.org/post/mythbusters-comes-wharton-center-stage-sans-explosions <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend, the hosts of "</span><a href="http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mythbusters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will make a stop at East Lansing's Wharton Center as part of their <a href="http://www.mythbusterstour.com/eastlansing-tickets/">"Behind the Myths" tour</a>. For ten years, the Discovery Channel show has entertained skeptics, science buffs and ordinary folk alike with a lighthearted and creative approach to science.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:40:47 +0000 Current State 37843 at http://wkar.org 'Mythbusters' comes to the Wharton Center stage (sans explosions) Red Haven to host Anthony Bourdain for VIP event http://wkar.org/post/red-haven-host-anthony-bourdain-vip-event <p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">Chef and author <a href="http://www.anthonybourdain.net/">Anthony Bourdain</a> has a new globetrotting TV show called “<a href="http://www.cnn.com/video/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown/episode4">Parts Unknown</a>” on <i>CNN</i>. On Tuesday, he brings his “<a href="https://whartoncenter.com/boxoffice/performance.aspx?pid=1370">Guts and Glory</a>” speaking tour to MSU’s <a href="https://whartoncenter.com/default.aspx">Wharton Center</a>. After his talk, he’ll join 150 people for a VIP event at <a href="http://www.eatredhaven.com/">Red Haven</a>, a new restaurant in Okemos.<o:p></o:p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"> Mon, 06 May 2013 18:32:00 +0000 Current State 35375 at http://wkar.org Red Haven to host Anthony Bourdain for VIP event Current State #67 | April 16, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-67-april-16-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: Lansing city budget; Red Cedar now open for fishing ; Wharton Center reveals new season; and a <em>Public Poetry Announcement </em>with<em>&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carl Phillips</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">.</em></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:31:25 +0000 Current State 34358 at http://wkar.org Preview of Wharton Center's 2013-14 season http://wkar.org/post/preview-wharton-centers-2013-14-season <p></p><p></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:11:22 +0000 Current State 34355 at http://wkar.org Preview of Wharton Center's 2013-14 season Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart riffs on music http://wkar.org/post/jazz-singer-carolyn-leonhart-riffs-music <p></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:46:23 +0000 Current State 33714 at http://wkar.org Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart riffs on music Wharton Center's 'Garden of Joy' explores Harlem Renaissance http://wkar.org/post/wharton-centers-garden-joy-explores-harlem-renaissance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new production opening tonight at </span>MSU’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Wharton Center pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance. &nbsp;In the 1920’s, the arts in America, like just about every other industry, were dominated by whites. Most representations of African-American life were done in parody. &nbsp;One of most popular programs of the day was “Amos and Andy.” &nbsp;It debuted in 1928 with two white actors who would later appear on screen in </span>blackface<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:40:46 +0000 Current State 32751 at http://wkar.org Wharton Center's 'Garden of Joy' explores Harlem Renaissance Current State #39 | March 7, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-39-march-7-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: The iconic SS Badger's future; gender imbalance in medical research; summer road construction East Lansing; the Safe Patient Care Act; and a preview of the Wharton Center's remaining lineup.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:14:19 +0000 Current State 32351 at http://wkar.org Diverse lineup remains for Wharton Center's season http://wkar.org/post/diverse-lineup-remains-wharton-centers-season <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The stretch run begins next week for the remainder of the concert season at the </span><a href="http://whartoncenter.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Wharton Center for Performing Arts</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; </span>WKAR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Peter </span>Whorf<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> chats with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand about the breadth and depth of performances coming to East Lansing in the next few months. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:22:18 +0000 Current State 32341 at http://wkar.org Diverse lineup remains for Wharton Center's season Ladysmith Black Mambazo still going strong after 50 years http://wkar.org/post/ladysmith-black-mambazo-still-going-strong-after-50-years <p></p><p><a href="http://www.mambazo.com/index.php">Ladysmith Black Mambazo</a> is coming to Wharton Center to <a href="http://whartoncenter.com/boxoffice/performance.aspx?pid=1272">perform</a> their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to worldwide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing.</p><p>WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the group's longevity.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:26:55 +0000 Melissa Benmark 31455 at http://wkar.org Ladysmith Black Mambazo still going strong after 50 years Ladysmith Black Mambazo Coming To Wharton Center http://wkar.org/post/ladysmith-black-mambazo-coming-wharton-center <p>Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center Wednesday to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to world-wide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke to one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the music his group performs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 31324 at http://wkar.org Ladysmith Black Mambazo Coming To Wharton Center Tickets! Celtic Woman - April 4 http://wkar.org/post/tickets-celtic-woman-april-4 <p>With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you and a guest in the audience for Celtic Woman. 7:30p Thursday April 4 at Wharton Center - Cobb Great Hall | <a href="http://bit.ly/wkartvtickets">Give Now, Get Tickets Here</a> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:21:24 +0000 29931 at http://wkar.org Tickets! Celtic Woman - April 4 Tickets! Experience the Beatles with RAIN - March 29 http://wkar.org/post/tickets-experience-beatles-rain-march-29 <p>With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you in the audience for <strong>Experience the Beatles with RAIN</strong> <em>and </em>a <strong>meet-and-greet opportunity</strong>. 8p Friday March 29 at Wharton Center - Cobb Great Hall | <a href="http://bit.ly/wkartvtickets">Give Now, Get Tickets Here</a></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:21:03 +0000 29929 at http://wkar.org Tickets! Experience the Beatles with RAIN - March 29 Current State #8 | January 23, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-8-january-23-2013 <p>On today's <em>Current State</em>:&nbsp; The legendary William Shatner, former East Lansing mayor and newly elected Michigan Rep. Sam Singh, more from the Detroit auto show, and <em>Neighbors in Action </em>highlights the work of NAMI Lansing<em>.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Current State 29962 at http://wkar.org Current State #8 | January 23, 2013 Tickets! Billy Elliot The Musical http://wkar.org/post/tickets-billy-elliot-musical <p>With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you in the audience for BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL. 7:30p Tuesday Jan. 15 at Wharton Center - Cobb Hall | <a href="https://support.wkar.org/allegpublic/WebModuleV862/Donate.aspx?P=WTIXTV&amp;PAGETYPE=PLG&amp;CHECK=QhKPLw8jCSDkcrfCK4IVKRiCxtaFReuS">Give Now, Get Tickets Here</a> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:46:36 +0000 29349 at http://wkar.org Tickets! Billy Elliot The Musical War Horse: Puppets Bring Horses to Life http://wkar.org/post/war-horse-puppets-bring-horses-life <p>To bring the story of "War Horse" to the stage, it was necessary to create convincing likenesses of horses.</p><p></p><p>The British company behind the play turned to the <a href="http://www.handspringpuppet.co.za/">Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa</a> for the job.<br><br>"War Horse" arrives at MSU’s Wharton Center tonight. There will be eight performances.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 27749 at http://wkar.org War Horse: Puppets Bring Horses to Life